Catalogue of Technologies for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Fine Tailings from Oil Sands Processing

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  • A catalogue containing 22 technologies for reducing the environmental impact of fine tailings derived from oil sand processing has been assembled. The simple format which was developed as part of this study consisted of a spreadsheet outline of the technologies and a process summary for each technology. The format of the catalogue allows for convenient updating. Information contained in the catalogue was obtained directly from the proponents of the technologies. No evaluation or ranking of the technologies was carried out at this stage since this was not included in the scope of work. Such evaluation would require a more detailed information base and the development of a suitable set of criteria. However, a detailed set of questions was prepared that highlights the environmentally related information that a proponent should have. These questions should help to form a basis for comparisons among the technologies.

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